We Rule the Night released earlier this week and I am so excited to have its author, Claire Eliza Bartlett, on the blog today! Today Claire will be talking about the Night Witches, the first all-female fight unit, and her profiles on these brave women are fascinating!
Hello, and a big thanks right at the start for Jordan and The Heart of a Book Blogger for hosting me and asking me to talk about something super important: incredible women that the world forgot.
I first heard of the women known as the Night Witches a few years back, and as a feminist and historian I was outraged that it had taken me so long to find them. The world’s first all-female fight unit was assigned to bomb the German lines during World War II, in old crop-dusters that were no match for the superior German aircraft. The women of the regiment were fierce, fearless and dedicated – sometimes more dedicated to their home country than their country was to them. Their story inspired my debut novel, YA fantasy We Rule the Night.
Here are just a few of the women that blew me away with their courage and daring. The last two aren’t Night Witches, but they had an impact on me nevertheless!
There are so many amazing stories about World War II, and women played a role everywhere – we just have to look for it. These incredible ladies, and many more, inspired characters and events in We Rule the Night.And if you’d like to read about the Night Witches in their own words, check out A Dance With Deathby Anne Noggle.
About the Book
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.
Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.
We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.
Claire Eliza Bartlett is a US citizen who grew up in Colorado. She studied history and archaeology and spent time in Switzerland and Wales before settling in Denmark for good. When not at her computer telling mostly false stories, she works as a tour guide in Copenhagen, telling stories that are (mostly) true.
Jamie @ Books and Ladderssays:April 9, 2019 at 11:50 AM
I am so in love with this guest post and I cannot wait to read this book. Thanks so much for sharing!
Jordansays:June 26, 2019 at 7:17 PM
Claire did an amazing job with providing these history bios! I loved learning about these incredible women.
Mishsays:May 22, 2019 at 2:17 AM
Wow! this is awesome. A lot of research must have gone into this #booklover
Jordansays:June 26, 2019 at 7:18 PM
Definitely! The author did her research for this novel.